Prime Minister Announces Changes To COVID-19 Regulations, Providing Easement In Some Sectors

PR Prime Minister and Minister for National Security, Dr. the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, has announced several changes to Grenada’s COVID-19 Regulations. 

The nightly curfew will remain in effect, but with an adjustment in the time to 7:00 p.m. to  4:00 a.m. 

The no-movement weekends intended to help curb the spread of the virus, have been  discontinued. The Prime Minister explained that according to health experts, “we must  learn to live with COVID-19, therefore it is imperative that we seek to resume a degree of  normalcy while continuing to safeguard our people.” 

Dine-in services at restaurants will resume for fully-vaccinated persons only, and beach  access has been extended, the new time being 4:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Dr. Mitchell announced the re-opening of retail stores across the country, but he  encouraged store managers to maintain 50% capacity, and ensure that employees and  customers are adhering to the recommended protocols. 

Outlining further areas of easement, the Prime Minister said, “Gyms and fitness centres  are also permitted to resume operation. Likewise, day care centres and businesses in the  beauty sector including hairdresser salons and barber shops. However, there is one  caveat which is based on consultation with representatives in the private sector to help  facilitate continuity of operations in the event of future spikes that could otherwise force  another shut down of operations.” 

He further stated that, “Having consulted with stakeholders in the following industries and acting on their general recommendation, employees in the food service, accommodation,  fitness, beauty, child and elderly care sectors, must be fully-vaccinated, or in cases where  they have received only one dose, the second dose must be administered within a specific  period after the resumption of operations. 

Given the fluidity of the pandemic and the need for flexibility and agility in responding and  adapting to its impact, Government is continuously engaged in consultation with  stakeholders as it seeks to balance the protection of lives and livelihood. 

On the subject of vaccination, the Prime Minister noted the ongoing increase with the total  number of fully-vaccinated Grenadians now exceeding 25,000. However, he said  Grenada is still a long way from where it needs to be in terms of achieving herd immunity.